Observation 70313: Omphalotus nidiformis (Berk.) O.K. Mill.

When: 2011-05-21

Collection location: Garawongera Rd., Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia [Click for map]

-25.0° 153.0°

Who: Roy Halling (royh)

Specimen available

Common on dead, standing or downed wood. Specimen lodged in NY (REH9531)

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Photographed indoors at approx 1 AM. 132 sec exposure at f2.8 using only bioluminescence as light source. More highly pigmented portions of the basidiomata (the stipes) were less (or not) luminescent.

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It helps
By: Roy Halling (royh)
2011-06-27 21:14:09 CEST (+0200)

if you stage the setup before retiring for the evening. At least that’s what I did. I got up and clicked on “Bulb” and waited the minute and half before closing the shutter.
Thanks for the kind words Debbie, Britney, Martin. I hadn’t seen the Obs with the red T. balloui – thanks for pointing that out! Stay tuned . . .

Cool Photo!
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2011-06-27 20:42:28 CEST (+0200)

You have inspired me to start tracking the bioluminescent photos here on MO. Thanks! By the way, did you notice another post of Tylopilus balloui just a few days ago in Maryland? This one was almost red. I noticed your publication on the Costa Rica version online earlier today.


By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-06-27 19:26:47 CEST (+0200)

wonderful photography and creativeness!

By: Roy Halling (royh)
2011-06-27 18:35:00 CEST (+0200)

I used a tripod – my hands aren’t that steady! 60 mm macro lens, manual focus, on a Canon EOS7D. The irregular red reflections are from aluminum foil. We (Tim Baroni and I) tried shooting the different color versions of this taxon, and we discovered that the ones with darker gray and bluish gray tinted caps had less, or no luminescence.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-06-27 18:13:41 CEST (+0200)

I am jealous. I haven’t quite figured out how to capture the bioluminescence, but it is always fun to see!

I appreciate that you detailed how to do it.

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